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VOL. 125 | NO. 210 | Thursday, October 28, 2010

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SCS Files $3M Permit for Macon-Hall Expansion

Shelby County Schools has filed a $3 million permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for an expansion of Macon-Hall Elementary School at 9800 Macon Road. The permit lists the addition as being nearly 18,000 square feet.

The project includes one building with 16 classrooms and one restroom, according to Shelby County Schools spokesman Mike Tebbe. Work began Oct. 18 and is expected to be finished Aug. 1, before the start of the 2011-2012 school year, Tebbe said.

The architect for the project is Askew Hargraves Harcourt & Associates Inc. (A2H) and the contractor is Windham McDonald.

The school is on the northeastern side of Macon Road between Far and Siskin drives.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports

– Kate Simone

Recap of Incentives on Tap for Center City Board

The Center City Commission board of directors will get a recap from CCC president Paul Morris at Thursday’s board meeting of the myriad financial incentives that CCC-affiliated boards approved this month.

They include a $195,000 office grant to Pinnacle Airlines to help pay for improvements at Pinnacle’s new space at One Commerce Square. Also, there was a 13-year tax freeze awarded for a mixed-use project at 122 Gayoso Ave. and a 20-year tax freeze awarded for the renovation of space at One Commerce for Pinnacle.

The CCC board also will get monthly highlights from the Downtown agency’s planning and development, marketing and operations departments.

The CCC board meets at noon at the CCC office, 114 N. Main St.

– Andy Meek

Mitsubishi Chemical Adds New Co. In Memphis

Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. recently announced plans to bring a new company to Memphis in a $13.1 million project.

The Memphis site will be one of two to manufacture and sell electrolyte for lithium batteries, according to a news release. Mitsubishi Chemical also announced an opening in the UK.

Both new operations will be on the premises of production sites of Lucite International Group Ltd., the wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Rayon Co. Ltd.

Capital expenditure is under examination and will total approximately $30.7 million, while production capital will reach 10,000 metric tons per year.

Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Chemical is the only company in the world to provide all four key lithium battery materials: electrolyte, anode, cathode and separator.

The commercial operation is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2012.

– Sarah Baker

Bar Foundation Awards Grants to Seven Causes

The Memphis Bar Foundation, the charitable foundation affiliated with the Memphis Bar Association, has awarded grants totaling $43,832 to seven causes. It’s the largest amount in MBF history.

The grantees include: CASA of Memphis & Shelby County Inc., for their volunteer recruitment and training program; Community Legal Center, for their Immigrant Justice Program; Exchange Club Family Center, for their Safe Exchange/Supervised Visitation Program; Mediation and Restitution/Reconciliation Services, for their juvenile mediation program; Memphis Area Legal Services, to expand their pro bono and legal clinic outreach; Memphis Bar Association Diversity Committee, for the Summer Law Intern Program; and National Civil Rights Museum, for its renovation efforts.

– Andy Meek

Courthouse Tours Kick off Thursday

The Memphis Bar Association kicks off Thursday free public tours of the Shelby County Courthouse at 140 Adams Ave.

The tours will be available on the third Thursday of each month and will begin at noon on the southwest steps of the courthouse. Tours also are available by appointment and can be scheduled by contacting Susan Wilson at 545-4022.

The first tour will begin with a dedication ceremony of a Cuspidor (spittoon) that is original to the Courthouse. The hallways, offices and courtrooms were originally equipped with numerous Cuspidors throughout the first half-century of operation and removed during the 1960s renovations.

Leading the first tour will be local historian and tour guide Jimmy Ogle.

– Andy Meek

State Has $25 Million for Small Business Expansion

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has launched a $25 million loan program for small businesses that create jobs.

The Tennessee General Assembly appropriated $10 million to establish the Small Business Jobs Opportunity Fund. The fund is raising an addition $15 million in capital from state banks. Pathway Lending is administering the fund.

Those interested in obtaining a loan should visit www.pathwaylending.org.

– Tom Wilemon

Music Commission to Celebrate Stax

The Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission will celebrate Stax Records at its “Takin’ It Back to Stax” event Saturday.

There will be live performances by musicians featured on “A Taste of Memphis Music: The CD,” and a special chef will be on hand to prepare food samples from “A Taste of Memphis Music: The Cookbook.”

Proceeds will benefit the Memphis Musicians Healthcare Plan. It is free and open to the public and will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 E. McLemore Ave.

– Taylor Shoptaw

Council Opposes Consolidation Resolution

Memphis City Council members won’t be taking a stand for or against the consolidation charter on the Nov. 2 ballot.

A move by council member Janis Fullilove to add a resolution opposing the charter to Tuesday’s council agenda fell flat during the council’s executive session.

Council member Jim Strickland, who served on the metro charter commission that drafted the proposal, objected to adding the resolution. The council voted against adding it.

The resolution would have mirrored a resolution approved by the Shelby County Commission also opposing the charter and consolidation.

– Bill Dries

City Administration to Fund Tuition Reimbursement

The Wharton administration will find $240,000 somewhere in the city budget to continue the city’s tuition reimbursement program for city employees through the end of the calendar year.

City Human Resources Director Quintin Robinson made the pledge before the City Council voted to reinstate funding that had been cut during the spring.

– Bill Dries

PROPERTY SALES 56 56 9,658
MORTGAGES 49 49 10,665
BUILDING PERMITS 212 212 21,170
BANKRUPTCIES 49 49 6,157